The aging trend of Hong Kong's population is getting serious everyday, and the medical needs of the elderly naturally increases. In the long run, the burden of public health care in Hong Kong will be overloaded. As the saying goes, "prevention is better than cure". If we can raise public awareness of self-management of health, enhance disease prevention, and strengthen community medical and rehabilitation services, we can reduce the unnecessary use of public medical services.
As such, the Government plans to open four district health centres (DHC) and 11 DHC Expresses in 18 districts (and through its regional network) to provide services including health promotion, health examination for target groups, case management, nursing coordination and community rehabilitation services.
DHCs operate in the form of "cross-profession service", with teams comprising executive director, chief nursing co-ordinator (nurse), nursing co-ordinator (nurse), physiotherapist, occupational therapist, dietitian, pharmacist, social worker and administrative staff.
Scope of Service
DHCs provide the following four main types of services:
These include healthy diet, exercise courses, weight management, fall prevention courses/training, smoking cessation counseling, alcohol abstinence, sleep hygiene and mental health.
They also provide health risk assessment and screening for diabetes/ hypertension.
Chronic Disease Management
They also provide disease management for clients with diabetes, hypertension and musculoskeletal problems (low back pain or degenerative knee pain).
Community Rehabilitation Service
They also provide related rehabilitation service for elderly with hip fracture, post=acute myocardial infarction, and stroke.
Persons who meet the following conditions may use the services of DHCs:
holders of the Hong Kong Identity Card issued under the Registration of Persons Ordinance or the certificate of exemption, except those whose permission has expired or ceased to be valid; or children under the age of 11 and who are Hong Kong residents;
agree to enroll in eHRSS; and
are living or working in the district of the corresponding DHC.
Means for enrolling in DHC services
Register at corresponding DHC
Referral by other servicing units
Charges for Service
General health consultation and group activities (including health risk factor evaluation, foot disease evaluation, nursing consultation and education, pharmacist consultation, social work consultation, health promotion activities and chronic disease self-management courses) are provided free of charge.
DHC Network Medical Practitioners will charge the basic consultation fee upon provision of DHC service, i.e. consultation for DM/HT screening/management. For individual allied health services including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietetic service, optometry assessment, speech therapy and podiatry, the healthcare professional will charge a fixed service fee as proposed by the DHC Operator and agreed by the Government.
Charge details and contact method
District Health Centres
Kwai Tsing DHC( In Service)
Sham Shui Po DHC (In Service)
Wong Tai Sin DHC (Upcoming)
Tuen Mun DHC (Upcoming)
Central and Western DHC Express
Eastern DHC Express
Islands DHC Express
Kowloon City DHC Express
Kwun Tong DHC Express
North DHC Express
Sai Kung DHC Express
Sha Tin DHC Express
Tai Po DHC Express
Wan Chai DHC Express
Yau Tsim Mong DHC Express
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